Return to Public Services from 3 December
As the government’s latest round of national restrictions comes to an end, we are delighted that we are able to return to the celebration of public liturgies in the same way as we had been doing a number of weeks ago.
There will still be social – distancing in place in our churches and we are still required to wear face coverings and follow government guidelines. The Sunday Mass will also still be streamed for those unable to attend Mass in person during these coming weeks.
As I’m sure we are all aware, we are in uncertain times so please bear with us as we try to respond to the government’s announcements and guidelines in the coming weeks!
Mass Times at St Mary’s from 3 December
Full list of Masses at all Cluster Parishes
THURSDAY 3rd December
9.30 am – St Augustine’s (Heelands)
FRIDAY 4th December
9.30 am – St Augustine’s (Heelands) –
This Mass is aimed at those of us who may be shielding or who would feel more comfortable with a greater social distancing.
7 pm – St Augustine’s (Heelands)
SATURDAY 5th December
9.30 am – St Augustine’s (Heelands)
SUNDAY 6th December (2nd Sunday of Advent)
8.30 am – St Augustine’s (Heelands)
9 am – St Bede’s (Newport Pagnell)
9.30 am Our Lady of Lourdes (St Paul’s School, Leadenhall)
10 am – St Edward’s (Shenley Church End)
11 am – St Mary’s (Woburn Sands)
11.30 am – St Augustine’s (Heelands)
11.30 am Christ the King (Kents Hill)
2 pm – St Augustine’s (Heelands) Mass in Polish
As a result of the suspension of public Masses for the last few weeks, a number of Mass intentions weren’t offered publically. It has been suggested that this week’s streamed Mass would be offered for all of those intentions
If, however, you would like to rearrange any of the Masses that would have been offered between Thursday 5th November – Wednesday 2nd December, please contact the Cluster Office.
Part of growing up in my family was making something very special and central of the Advent wreath, complete with its four candles (parishioners of a certain vintage will no doubt get the comedic association with a certain comedy sketch!)
Inspired by this tradition and as a way of marking this glorious season and “staying awake” in preparation for the coming of Jesus, we are all encouraged to print off the Advent candle (by clicking the image above) and placing it in our windows. On the back of the candle, there is a task that all of us are invited to take part in during that week!
Each week, another candle will be added so that, in time for Christmas, the four Advent candles will be visible in our window as a public witness to our faith.
There will be a video explaining everything in more detail available on Sunday!
Advent Day by Day
To participate in this great Advent adventure via Twitter, simply follow the St Barnabas Cluster (joining instructions can be found here).
You can participate using the weekly list of Scripture verses by clicking the image above or the link below. You can also share your reflections, photos of your ideas, or drawings, prayers, or home-made calendars for week 1 at https://www.facebook.com/clusteradvent.daybyday.5/
Please remember that these pages are visible to all so keep safeguarding and other privacy concerns in mind when posting.
LITURGY FOR THE BEGINNING OF ADVENT
On Sunday 29th November at 6.30pm, there will be an opportunity to take part in an Advent Liturgy with readings, prayers, and hymns. Due to the national restrictions still in place, the liturgy will take place via through Zoom, with everyone participating from their own homes. To join the service all you need to do is click on the link and information will be sent to you!
CAROL SERVICE – SUNDAY 20TH DECEMBER
We will have details of how, where and at what time this will be held will follow as plans will depend on COVID 19 -related restrictions still in place.
We will have details of how, where and at what time this will be held as plans will depend on COVID 19 -related restrictions still in place’
St Paul’s School Admissions
EveningFor those parents who need forms signed for Catholic school applications, there will be an opportunity to have the forms signed on Monday 30th November between 5.30 pm and 7 pm at St Augustine’s Church (MK13 7PL).
Please note that this evening is specifically for those families who need school admission forms signed.
Misso Advent Series
An online series for Advent – Christmas from the Mill Hill Missionaries, whom we support with our Red Box collections:
At 10.30am each Friday between the 25th November – 25th December there will be an online series led by Missio in order to prepare for Advent and Christmas.
Lasting about 20 minutes, with a reflection on the Gospel of the upcoming Sunday and Christmas Day. Each reflection will remain available afterwards on YouTube and on Missio social media.
To register, or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7821 9755 to receive the Zoom link for all 5 sessions
There is an opportunity to pray the Rosary for the Church and for the World online with fellow parishioner. Simply follow the details below!
The Rosary will take place on Fridays at 7.30pm!
Meeting ID 661-429-4393
Messages to the Brave
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO THE BRAVE
Every single day, human rights defenders and environmental activists across the world are risking everything to defend the God-given dignity of our brothers and sisters as well as protect our common home. CAFOD is encouraging us to send a “Card of Solidarity” to them to encourage them and let them know that we continue to hold them in our prayers. For more details, please click on the link below!
Song of the week Way Maker
A number of people have once again enquired about ways in which they can support the work of our parishes financially during this time. You can do so in one of three ways:
(1) STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR OWN BANK
You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows:
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: **Please enter the Parish Name and Area**
(2) CALL THE FINANCE OFFICE AND DONATE OVER THE PHONE
Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available for you to donate to one of our Parishes over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details. The money will go directly to the parish that you designate.
(3) ONLINE DONATION
It is possible to donate online using the link below and specifying the Parish that you wish to donate in both the “Leave a Message” section and the “Leave your name / nickname” sections. This will ensure that any donations will go towards the Parish you wish to support. Link
PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: email@example.com. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.